Rob Lilwall (SH 1990 - 1995) will be undertaking a major expedition this winter: Walking Home from Mongolia.
Rob says that it will be the toughest thing he has ever done.
Accompanied by his friend, Leon McCarron, starting on 1st November, Rob will set off from the windswept wilderness of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, and then walk south for over 3,500 km until he reaches his home in Hong Kong. As well as travelling by foot, the two will also carry portable kayaks in their backpacks to make use of the waterways they will encounter en route (namely the Yellow and the Pearl River, which both flow south for extended stretches).
A sequel to Rob's previous Cycling Home from Siberia expedition, the planned highlights of the journey are:
Walking through the Gobi Desert as winter sets in
Hiking along a deserted section of the Great Wall
Paddling down the gorges of the Yellow River for almost 1000km
Trudging through the snow-swept hills of central China until finally making it to the skyscrapers of Hong Kong
The exhibition will raise money for Viva, a charity which works with children at risk around the world and also for Shrewsbury House. Rob has been working with Viva in Hong Kong for the last year .
Rob says: 'We are aiming to raise as much money as possible to help these children, so we would be grateful if you wanted to show your support to us, and help children by sponsoring us.
If you are in the UK you can donate to Viva through Virgin Giving. If you are in Hong Kong or the USA, the donation pages will be coming shortly. This is really a major goal for the journey, so please do consider giving.'
National Geographic has commissioned a TV series about the expedition so Leon, who is a professional cameraman, will play a key role in filming it.
Rob asks that any Old Salopians with connections with companies who would like to sponsor the expedition either with gear, or would like some really good branding, download the sponsors pack from the website, or get in touch with him.
More information can be found at: www.walkinghomefrommongolia.com